Leopardskin Jasper and Animal Spirits…

I just got this stone a couple of days ago. It’s called Leopardskin Jasper, and it’s said to be very shamanic in nature, and especially connected with animal energies (I posted about this stone once before, nearly two years ago). I have a few pieces, currently packed away in a box somewhere, and I will … More Leopardskin Jasper and Animal Spirits…

Someone To Watch Over Me…

Do any certain Tarot cards beam forth the concept of “Protection” as a primary theme for you? I mean sure, lots of them *could* offer you protection: The Emperor could put up walls and maintain an army to keep you safe…The Devil could smite your enemies in all sorts of creatively horrible ways (although you might not … More Someone To Watch Over Me…

Tarot at Sunrise…

Yesterday, something caused me to wake up just in time to see this pre-sunrise sky-show. Immediately after I made my way to the window to take this shot…an enormous Owl flew by, presumably heading off to bed. It looked large enough to carry off small automobiles if it got the urge… I decided to ask … More Tarot at Sunrise…

The Unforeseen Dangers of Renaming Suits in Tarot

When you start collecting Tarot decks, you quickly realize that some deck creators like to get all jazzy with their nomenclature. Some will rename the Majors or the Court Cards. Some rename the Aces. And lots of them will rename the Suits. And this can be totally cool…even if it means that you have to … More The Unforeseen Dangers of Renaming Suits in Tarot

Cards That Speak of Challenge…

Today I was awakened before dawn by the insistent chirping of a smoke detector crying out for a fresh battery. I tossed my sister’s place where I’m housesitting, but found only other batteries of incompatible size. It was 56F…inside the house. I decided to go outside and bury the wheedling contraption in the yard so … More Cards That Speak of Challenge…

Tarot in the “Real” World…

I have this geeky habit of trying to spot Tarot manifestations out in consensus-reality. It can be tough to find totally pure examples of a card, a Suit, etc., but you can find hybrids and such. Like how here it occurs to me that a drum is essentially a fusion of a Cup and a … More Tarot in the “Real” World…

12 Astrological Houses Spread

In honor of the Full Moon last night, I busted out a big spread based on the 12 astrological Houses.  I’ll be doping out the meaning of this reading for days to come! Interesting note: the numbered Minors (not counting the Aces) make up just under half of the deck.  So statistically speaking, in a … More 12 Astrological Houses Spread

Hierophant as Shaman…

My strongest aversion to any Tarot card has always come pouring out in response to The Hierophant. See, I never connected to any of the various religious leaders I met while growing up, and I had zero interest in someone like that telling me what I should be doing with my life. Years later, I … More Hierophant as Shaman…